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Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs in Premiere of his New Las Vegas Musical


Posted on: November 17, 2022, 02:02h. 

Final up to date on: November 17, 2022, 02:35h.

As suspected by the giddy crowd on Wednesday night time – although it was by no means formally confirmed – “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda guest-starred within the opening night time of “Freestyle Love Supreme on the Venetian.” That’s the improvised hip-hop present he co-created in 2004 earlier than “Hamilton” and “In The Heights” made him a family title.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda popped in to carry out within the premiere of his new musical on the Venetian Las Vegas. (Picture: townandcountrymag.com)

Directed by Thomas Kail, “Freestyle Love Supreme” comedically engages audiences, who should not solely inspired — however are anticipated — to offer solutions. Final night time, one viewers member reportedly shouted that she as soon as began a rumor at her Catholic faculty that two nuns have been “getting it on.”

Miranda responded: “Wow, we are in Vegas!”

The present’s Vegas incarnation – which runs 90 minutes – is led by MC Andrew “Jelly Donut” Bancroft and options Simone “Sims” Acosta, Richard “Wealthy Halfway” Baskin Jr., Jay C. “Jellis J” Ellis, Kaila “Kaiser Rözé” Mullady, Morgan “Hummingbird” Reilly, and Dizzy Seine.

Improv guru Anthony Veneziale and Miranda conceived the present in 2004 throughout rehearsal breaks for “Within the Heights.” It was carried out a number of instances through the years earlier than debuting on Broadway, the place it ran from October 2021 to January 2022. The Las Vegas solid lately toured the present to 11 US cities, ending in August in Pasadena.

Musically, “Freestyle Love Supreme” pays homage to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s traditional 1965 album “A Love Supreme,” with dues additionally owed to the soul, blues, and hip-hop. A spread of vocals – from harmonic singing to freestyle rapping to beatboxing — are backed by tight tunes from keyboards and human percussion.

Hamiltonian Heights?

Miranda’s best-known work, “Hamilton,” gained 11 Tony Awards in 2016, probably the most ever for a musical. These awards included Greatest Musical, Greatest Authentic Rating, and Greatest Course of a Musical, amongst others. Miranda additionally was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. That spells some pretty excessive expectations for all his follow-up initiatives.

Through the years, Venetian/Palazzo loved success with Vegas-ized Broadway hits, together with “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” (2006-2012), “Jersey Boys” (2008-2012)and “Rock of Ages” (2012-2016). Other reveals on the twin resorts – together with “Nebulae: The LifeForce” (2000), “Sourire” (2002), “The Actual Deal” (2008), and “Puppet Up! Uncensored” (2016) – out-and-out tanked.

Opening night time proved a powerful, sold-out success for “Freestyle Love Supreme.” Nevertheless, it’s a provided that Miranda’s addition to the solid of his personal musicals will generate large buzz. Whether or not that buzz can proceed with out his star energy is one thing that is still to be seen.

“Freestyle Love Supreme” runs from 8 p.m. Wednesdays by way of Fridays, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 7 p.m. Sundays on the Venetian’s Summit Showroom. Tickets, beginning at $57.45, can be found at venetianlasvegas.com.

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